What Is American Sovereignty?

Freedom manifests itself in self-determination; the ability to establish the rules by which we live, free from outside interference. This concept is known as “sovereignty.”  Uncontrolled migration is a direct threat to our sovereignty. It disregards concerns about assimilation, national unity and the preservation of our respect for the rule of law.

Over a century ago, the Supreme Court acknowledged this in Ekiu v. United States. The court stated: “It is an accepted maxim of international law that every sovereign nation has the power, as inherent in sovereignty, and essential to self-preservation, to forbid the entrance of foreigners within its dominions, or to admit them only in such cases and upon such conditions as it may see fit to prescribe.” The justices who decided Ekiu understood we have an obligation to protect our national home and ensure the safety of America.

Now, the Obama administration has decreed that the U.S. will accept at least 110,000 Near Eastern and South Asian refugees. The vast majority of these individuals will come from Syria and other terrorist hotbeds, even though numerous security officials have said it is virtually impossible to vet them.

This decision was made without any consideration of how it affects our sovereignty or the national security concerns expressed by the American people. And the administration has dismissed those who oppose the mass acceptance of refugees as intolerant.

Over the last year, Europe has accepted unprecedented numbers of refugees from the same regions. But they haven’t all presented themselves as humble guests in need of assistance. Some have made unreasonable demands, like the asylees in Germany who complained about being temporarily quartered in a warehouse and demanded private apartments at the German taxpayer’s expense.  Despite this apparent lack of manners, very few European countries have asked their uninvited guests to leave. The few nations that have, like Hungary, were roundly criticized for defending their sovereignty. 

Meanwhile, the United Nations Special Representative for Migration has publicly stated that, “sovereignty is an absolute illusion that has to be put behind us,” and insists that individual nations are bound to blindly accept whatever refugees show up at their door.

Is sovereignty merely an illusion? A century ago, the answer was obvious to the Supreme Court, it should be obvious now. The American idea of sovereignty is no illusion. Rather, it is the key to ensuring the integrity of our borders and protecting our national security.     


About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


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    Who in their right mind would listen to the severely corrupt and delusional UN? Oh that’s right, Barack and his minions are currently at the helm of our government, destroying U.S. citizens way of life as we once knew it!

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      It’s a joke. Their “Human Rights Council” has had some of the worst rights abusers on the planet, including China, Saudi Arabia, and Cuba, none of which has had fair and free elections for many decades and all of which persecute and jail those who call for freedoms. In fact, since we restored relations with Cuba, they have jailed many more people without a peep from this administration.

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      What is American Sovereignty? Giving the U.N, an eviction notice, one year to get the f–k out of the U.S. Let them move to anti-Semitic Sweden, The fraudulent U.N. (The One World Gov’t.) will be much happier in Sweden

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    Trump Stated

    Obama reduced our DOD Generals to RUBBLE!

    I’m a retired DOD engineer and can attest….”recent upper management at the DOD” [the last few years] could now care less about worker seniority and rights. Obama smiles and SWE retires like the cast off good generals…..LOL….I’ve joined them for TRUMP!!!!

    Lets defeat the NWO!!!

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    So when sovereignty has been “put behind us” and we are all at the level of Somalia and Guatemala, then who is going to fund the UN, since the US contributes a quarter of it’s budget. Open borders advocate George Soros is putting huge money into PACs that are running anti-Trump ads. Need one be reminded he loves Hillary?

    Speaking of the UN, Colin Powell has attacked Trump as dangerous. How about him? He stood before the UN and said that the Bush administration had irrefutable evidence that Iraq had WMD. Documents were later revealed that showed he knew that info was bogus. So he put his prestige on the line and lied. So who’s more dangerous? Or is it Hillary, who refuses to acknowledge in the slightest that Islam radicalism is a huge threat, responsible for much of the chaos across the globe, Including Africa where 20,000 people have died because of the violence of the Muslim sect Boko Haram.

    It was quite amusing to hear our president saying that Trump had gained on Hillary because of “misinformation” put forth by Fox and Rush Limbaugh. Please. The cable news channels have relatively tiny audiences. And like Limbaugh’s considerably larger audience, the people who watch and listen are largely those who already agree, whether left or right. I used to turn into Limbaugh for a half hour every couple months, and I know he’s on local radio somewhere, but I haven’t tuned in for 10 years.

    And talk about a whopper, bigger than her claim of Native ,American heritage, here’s Elizabeth Warren a couple days ago, proclaiming that “Republicans support trade deals that leave workers in the dirt, we believe no on TPP”. Check your calendars. Is it 1984? What’s today’s truth? Yes, a lot of the GOP supports that deal, but it was put forth and negotiated under THIS administration. Hillary called it the “gold standard” and only half heartedly came out against it because Bernie forced her into it. Trump on the other hand has long been opposed to any multi country trade deals, including TPP. He pointed out, accurately, that it provides a “back door” for China to get even more of their goods here tariff free, because it would allow any TPP country to use up to 60% Chinese parts or raw material in a finished product which is then shipped here under TPP.